Lumberton police officer remembered one-year after death

Dozens gathered at Gardens of Faith Cemetery in Lumberton Wednesday morning to remember Master Patrol Officer Jeremiah Goodson, who was shot to death outside the Express Depo/Dairy Queen in Lumberton on July 17, 2012.

Marques Brown, 28, has been charged with First Degree Murder in Goodson's death.

Goodson's wife cried throughout the memorial service.

His family says Goodson's death has been tough on everyone.

"Words can't really explain what my family has gone through in this past year. Our everyday lives you know missing him. Talking to him. Those are the things that we miss most about him," said sister of Goodson, Isis Goodson.

Goodson's wife was pregnant with their now 11-month-old son and he never got to meet his little boy.

"He named him before he passed away. He named him Josiah Malachi Goodson and that's the name that his mother gave him," said Isis Goodson.

Lumberton Mayor Ray Pennington praised law enforcement for continuing to honor the memory of Officer Goodson.

"One year later, it is just as sad as it was a year ago. But it is a happy time as Sgt. Byrd said because we're able to pay homage to a young man who gave his all," said Mayor Pennington.

Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeil says Goodson will live on in their hearts.

"Great man. He had great moral character. He's integrity was beyond none. Just a heart of gold.He's gone but not forgotten and that's the one thing that we're going to do with the police department. We love him. We love the family now too. But Jeremiah was just like my son," said Chief McNeil.